Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 16

Last week of classes for the semester -- getting that much closer to the holidays!
Here's December 8-14:

 This week it got incredibly cold. My friends were all impressed by my ability to bundle up. #thecanadian

 Made a first-time visit to Roosevelt Island, such a hidden gem in NYC!

 I love wandering through Chelsea Market during the holidays -- so pretty!

 Girls Night Out with Rebecca Minkoff & Erica Domesek (aka PS- I Made This)
Full post HERE.

 Last day of classes! My teacher brought us cookies and confetti...amazing. Then we all went for $3 mimosas down the street......

Black & Gold vibes.
Swung by the Cote&Ciel pop-up shop launch at 355 Bowery | Full post coming up!

I've been wearing turtlenecks for the past few days. I'm obsessed.
Exciting news -- I landed an internship with NY1 News for this upcoming semester! Woot woot.

Ended this week with a lovely holiday party. A+ for the cute decorations.

Back it up:
Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Monday, December 15, 2014

COMING UP | Charli XCX @ Urban Outfitters NYC [FREE]


Seriously, this girl is killin' it. I interviewed her back in Montreal at Osheaga and she's just as cool in person. Let me know what you think of her new album! #SUCKER

Photo: Christina Dun
 My article back from our 2012 interview for Faze Magazine: 

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NYU | Fashion Technology in NYC

It's crazy how fast this first semester at NYU flew by. My grad program is only three semesters in total and I can't believe I'm basically 1/3 of the way there. Weird. Anyway, I just submitted my final project for my reporting class—we could choose any topic and any medium. I chose to do a video looking into New York's fashion technology scene.

Here's the written portion of my assignment, as published on Pavement Pieces:

New York is one of the most fashionable and technologically savvy cities in the world. And now we’re seeing the two industries seamlessly intertwine.

As a breeding ground for innovation, brands are now embracing this modernization more than ever. Retailers such as Rebecca Minkoff, Levi’s and UNIQLO are just a few that are exposing customers to a different in-store atmosphere.

When it comes to combining the worlds of fashion and technology, it’s all about the human experience. PERCH Interactive is a company hoping to change the way stores use their space.

“It’s not just this box that sits in our pocket. It’s not just about an app on a phone,” said Kate Watson, senior producer at PERCH. “It’s really about extending rich storytelling and media into all the spaces that we live in.”

PERCH has worked with big-name clients including Kate Spade and Cole Haan. As a startup in New York City, PERCH is amongst many up-and-coming businesses hoping to break boundaries in the industry.

“There isn’t a place in the world that’s more innovative and has more of a dynamic, ever-changing spirit,” said Watson. “I think all those factors play into the perfect storm.”

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is a program out of the Pratt Institute that aims to help people with big ideas by providing the support and resources needed to get these startups up-and-running. The 21,000-square-foot space opened last month and is home to entrepreneurs, researchers and mentors, creating a unique community of innovation and collaboration.

“We’re not only really interesting thinkers, we’re also makers and it’s that combination of having great ideas and then making those ideas a reality that makes it very special,” said Deb Johnson, Executive Director of the BF+DA. “It’s not just making apps and doing that sort of thing, it’s connecting it to objects, to products, to clothing.”

The BF+DA also focuses on sustainability and the values of social impact.

“We’re hoping to redefine the fashion industry so it’s cleaner, more ethical and incredibly innovative,” said Johnson. “I really see technology and sustainability as intricately linked moving forward into the 21st century.”

With the help of incubators such as the BF+DA and the quickly growing amount of creative minds in the fashion tech space, it seems the possibilities are endless.

- Christina Dun
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

EVENT | Rebecca Minkoff x PS- I Made This

Earlier this week, I checked out a fun Girls Night Out event at the newly opened Rebecca Minkoff store in Soho. Guests were invited to take part in a fun DIY project with ultimate craftster Erica Domesek (aka the genius behind PS- I Made This): adding your own personal style to a simple baseball cap. You could add pompoms, feathers and/or jewels. And of course there were drinks and cute treats involved. Rebecca Minkoff herself even joined the party! Take a look:

So fun -- thanks for having me!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, December 12, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 15

December sure came quick. Here's Dec. 1 - 7:

 Holiday market at Union Square!

Teen Vogue Handbook book signing ft. Teen Vogue editors, Man Repeller & Phillip Lim -- Full post HERE.

LEFT: An accurate fortune. | RIGHT: Got to play with this cutie at a therapy dog event on campus as a stress reliever during finals.

New glasses from Tortoise & Blonde!

Found some cool street art and thus copied its pose.

Tons of protests have been taking place throughout America since the no indictment decision in Ferguson. And then with Eric Garner on Staten Island and numerous other accounts of police brutality, the protests have been gaining momentum and support. It's incredible to see so many people coming together to fight for one cause. Here are some pics I snapped from a protest I stumbled upon that was making its way through Macy's & H&M.

One of the protest photos I tweeted even ended up being used in this BuzzFeed article:

Back it up:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

GIVEAWAY | Holiday Prize Pack

Here's what's up for grabs this month - happy holidays!!

Prize includes:
- 1 boohoo t-shirt
- 1 pair of Secret tights
- 1 adidas NEO Label notebook
- 1 Shopbop 'December' notebook
- 1 set of sticky notes
- 1 Me To We Style 'Rafiki Friend Chain'
- 1 set of 'Real Life' Broadway Nails
- 1 imPRESS Press-On Manicure set
- 1 liplicious 'Marshmallow Creme' lip gloss
- Seventh Generation Lavender Cleansing Bar Soap


Saturday, December 6, 2014

EVENT | Teen Vogue x Man Repeller x Phillip Lim

As a longtime fan of Teen Vogue, I always love checking out the cool and fun events they have whenever I'm in New York. And now that I live here, it's nice to be able to get out to a lot more of them. I recently sat in the audience of a panel discussion and book signing for The Teen Vogue Handbook, featuring Editor in Chief Amy Astley and Editors Elaine Welteroth & Drew Elovitz, along with the Man Repeller herself Leandra Medine and fashion designer Phillip Lim. This is the second edition of the handbook, which has a lot of new information for anyone hoping to get into the fashion industry.

 Such a rock star panel:
L-R: Drew Elovitz, Elaine Welteroth, Phillip Lim, Leandra Medine, Amy Astley

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 14

Image via We Heart It
This week I didn't take that many pics, oops. Here's Nov. 24-30:

Stumbled upon a couple massive snakes...nbd.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 13

Image via Tumblr
Well this was an exciting week! I went from firing rifles to having a Dun fam jam in NYC. 
Here's Nov.17-23:

 My visit to West Point Military Academy - full post HERE

 This week's food attempt: a pretty kick-ass pizza (current obsession: mozzarella & pesto)